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Defence & Aerospace

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 Trade union Solidarity warned on Friday that its members at State-owned defence industrial group Denel were ready to start protesting at the company. This follows the response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to a recent urgent letter to her from Solidarity about, in the union’s words,... 

Denel looks for new market in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 State-owned aerospace and defence technology company Denel is looking to grow its export market by exploring other areas of specialisation, innovation, customisation and cyberspace. 

Denel looks for new market in Africa
Photo by Dauane Daws
SUSTAINABILITY Denel wants to improve its product offering and grow its market into Africa

Reduced funding triggers organisational turnaround

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 Owing to the Department of Defence's reduced funding allocation for defence in the country, acquisition agency Armscor has undergone the first phase of an organisational turnaround which will lead its top priorities being revenue generation, cost efficiency, and effective delivery of key products... 

Reduced funding triggers organisational turnaround
DRIVING INNOVATION Armscor focuses on creating an environment for economic growth and driving innovation

SA’s defence industry has potential to grow global market share 

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 Owing to its international competitiveness and high levels of innovation, the local defence industry has a global reach and an increasing export market despite the low national defence budget, says global defence and security company Saab Grintek Defence president and CEO Trevor Raman. "The... 

A major local aerospace industry development initiative is coming back to life

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is being revitalised after spending some years in the doldrums. The initiative dates back to 2006 and was formally opened in 2008, but to date has only had one tenant, local aeronautics enterprise... 

Land and asset sales on cards as government seeks revenue-neutral support for State firms

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba used his maiden Budget to reinforce President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent announcement that stakes in cash-strapped State-owned companies (SoCs) could be sold to reduce their reliance on bail-outs and debt. Ramaphosa made the announcement in his response to the debate... 

Land and asset sales on cards as government seeks revenue-neutral support for State firms

Ramaphosa lauds South African defence forces for 'peace we enjoy'

By: African News Agency      21st February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday lauded the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) during the Armed Forces Day parade in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, "for the peace we enjoy". "We dare not fail to appreciate how the peace we enjoy lives alongside the constant vigilance and... 

Solidarity calls for suspension of Denel top brass following 'shocking financial mismanagement'

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 Trade union Solidarity has asked Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to urgently suspend Denel's top officials to prevent hundreds of possible job losses. In the run-up to Denel’s board meeting on February 22, at which the group’s management would submit its proposed restructuring plan to the... 

SANDF allowed peaceful 'change of leadership' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      19th February 2018 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has proven its role as a protector of the country’s constitutional order by allowing a peaceful handover of leadership in the ANC, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in Kimberley on Sunday. "Our nation celebrates the change of leadership in the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

SANDF members alleged to have committed torture and assault in DRC

By: News24Wire      12th February 2018 South African National Defence Force members serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been accused of assault and torture, its spokesperson said on Sunday. "The SANDF has been alerted to reports of torture and assault in the Democratic Republic of Congo allegedly committed by some... 

Airline’s latest order of superjumbos significantly extends life of A380 programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The recent order of further Airbus A380 airliners by Emirates Airlines has guaranteed that the Superjumbo will remain in production for at least another decade, an Airbus spokesperson assures “Engineering News”. On January 18 it was announced that Airbus and Emirates had signed a Memorandum of... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

Global aeronautics body promoting networking among young researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) is seeking to develop international interactions between young professionals working in both technical and non-technical areas of aviation research around the world. This initiative is described as “early career networking” and is a focus area... 

Gordhan lashes out at Denel as it begs for R3bn lifeline

By: African News Agency      6th February 2018 State arms manufacturer Denel on Tuesday pleaded for an equity injection as it briefed MPs on its results for the past year, but former finance minister Pravin Gordhan flatly countered that the company's dire financials were linked to its dealings with the Gupta family believed to have corrupted... 

Embraer proclaims E190-E2 the world’s most ecofriendly narrow-body jet

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, has announced that flight tests have confirmed that its new E190-E2 airliner is the most efficient single-aisle airliner in the world. The E190-E2 is the first member of the group’s new... 

Thyssenkrupp Aerospace unit to build production site in Morocco

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Germany's Thyssenkrupp will build a sales and production site to boost its aerospace business in Morocco, it said, adding it has already reached supply agreements with aircraft parts group Figeac Aero and ARM Group. The facility, to be opened in the summer, will be located close to Casablanca and... 

Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2018 The latest model in Europe-based aerospace group Airbus’ single-aisle airliner family, the A321LR, made its maiden flight from Hamburg in Germany on Wednesday. The aircraft is MSN7877 and is a long range version of the A321neo (new engine option), hence the suffix “LR”. It is powered by CFM... 

Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight
Photo by Airbus
The A321LR takes off from Hamburg on its maiden flight

SANDF reservists demand release of their fellows at Thaba Tshwane

By: African News Agency      31st January 2018 A group of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) reservists gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday, airing their grievances which include jobs and the release of their colleagues. "There is a march that was requested by the reserve members of the South African National... 

SANDF warns of reserve members strike in Pretoria

By: African News Agency      30th January 2018 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it has been "reliably informed" of an impending protest march in Pretoria on Tuesday by some members of its Reserve Force (RF) component. "The information at hand suggests that the protest march is aimed at addressing RF service conditions as... 

Defence Minister to sign agreement in South Sudan 

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is jetting off to South Sudan on Monday to sign an agreement, her department said. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is expected to meet her counterpart, Lieutenant-General Kuol Manyang Juuk to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the... 

For Airbus, 2017 was another record year for airliner deliveries

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft, the airliner manufacturing arm of European aerospace giant Airbus Group, has announced that last year it set a new company record for annual deliveries of aircraft. These totalled 718 aeroplanes to 85 customers and amounted to a 4% increase over the 688 delivered in... 

Airbus reports strong single-aisle aircraft demand

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Brégier is very optimistic about the state of the global airliner market and the prospects it offer the company. “The market is still very active; the growth is, in China … still more than 10% year-on-year – on [sic] such a big market, we are having 1... 

RDM to supply advanced Assegai projectiles to Australian defence company

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2018 Munitions and explosives manufacturer Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has secured a contract to supply advanced 155 mm Assegai projectiles to Australian private defence company NIOA. The A$100-million contract was secured in partnership with German defence company Rheinmetall Defence,... 

Eyeing China, US moves to strengthen Indonesian defence ties

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would explore deepening defence ties during a visit to Indonesia, a country that appears increasingly ready to assert its sovereignty in the contested South China Sea. Mattis, ahead of talks in Jakarta, raised the possibility of greater maritime... 

Keeping up with the Russians: head of UK army wants more money

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Britain must ensure its armed forces can keep up with adversaries like Russia, which already has military capabilities the United Kingdom would struggle to match, according to the head of the British army. The comments from Chief of the General Staff Nick Carter, due to be delivered in a speech... 

Top UK group, varsity unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2018 British aerospace, defence, security and shipbuilding group BAE Systems and the University of Manchester unveiled their joint Magma experimental jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme in the middle of last month. They announced that the Magma had successfully completed its first... 

British defence specialist Chemring faces corruption inquiry

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 British prosecutors said on Wednesday they had opened a bribery, corruption and money laundering investigation into defence specialist Chemring Group Plc, one of its subsidiaries and individuals associated with the businesses. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said Chemring Technology Solutions... 

Denmark will increase defence spending to counter Russia - PM

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 The Danish government expects to win backing for a substantial increase in defence spending next month, to counter Russia’s intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe, the NATO-member’s prime minister said Monday. Denmark last week deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO mission in... 

Airbus executive see bright future for airliner sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Brégier is very optimistic about the state of the global airliner market and the prospects it offers the company. “The market is still very active; the growth is, in China … still more than 10% year-on-year – on [sic] such a big market, we are having 1... 

Airbus executive see bright future for airliner sector
Photo by Airbus
Fabrice Brégier

Airbus reports that 2017 was another record year for airliner deliveries

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2018 Airbus Commercial Aircraft, the airliner manufacturing arm of European aerospace giant Airbus Group, announced on Monday that last year it had set a new company record for annual deliveries of aircraft. These totalled 718 aeroplanes to 85 customers and amounted to a 4% increase over the 688... 

Airbus reports that 2017 was another record year for airliner deliveries
Photo by Airbus
The Airbus range: from front to back: the A320neo, the A330, the A350-900 and the A380

Paramount delivers foreign adaptation of Marauder to Kazakh special forces

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), the Kazakhstani division of South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group, has delivered a new batch of mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) armoured vehicles, called Arlan, to the Kazakhstan Special Forces.  

Paramount delivers foreign adaptation of Marauder to Kazakh special forces
The Arlan is based on the South African-designed and manufactured Marauder MRAP

South African regional operator orders two new airliners

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2017 Privately-owned South African scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international operations airline CemAir has concluded a $66-million deal with Canadian company Bombardier Aerospace for two new twin turboprop Q400 regional airliners. This follows on from a Letter of Intent signed between the... 

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

UK group and top university unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2017 British aerospace, defence, security and shipbuilding group BAE Systems and the University of Manchester unveiled on Wednesday their joint Magma experimental jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme. They announced that the Magma had successfully completed its first phase of flight... 

UK group and top university unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV
Photo by BAE Systems
The Magma UAV. Chairs just visible in the background give a rough idea of scale

South African defence industry group beleaguered by financial woes

By: Keith Campbell     13th December 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday reported that State-owned defence industrial group Denel might not be able to pay its staff their salaries for December. It did so in a press release, following a meeting with Denel management, and expressed its “shock and concern” at the situation. The union... 

South African defence industry group beleaguered by financial woes
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
Some Denel products on display: in the very front, a portable launch system for the Ingwe anti-tank missile, followed by the Ingwe missile itself; behind them a Badger Infantry Fighting Vehicle and in the rear, a Casspir mine protected vehicle. Just visible between the Badger and the Casspir is a Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle

Germany favours Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. The ministry’s position appears to contradict that of the German air force, whose chief indicated last month that he... 

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